Sweet-&-Sour Meatballs

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"This is out of an Eatingwell magazine...freeze cooked meatballs in sauce airtight for up to 3 months...defrost before reheating...I made these and I guess my meatballs were on the large size...I got a total of 25...I didn't have enough red bell peppers so used both green and yellow...the hubby and I had a few for our test run...the rest are in the freezer for another friend get together that's coming up..."

Original recipe yields 36 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (41.1 g)
  • Calories 59
  • Total Fat - 3.6 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1.3 g
  • Cholesterol - 16.6 mg
  • Sodium - 137.9 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 3.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.4 g
  • Sugars - 2.4 g
  • Protein - 3 g
  • Calcium - 8.8 mg
  • Iron - 0.4 mg
  • Vitamin C - 13.6 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step 1

Preheat oven to 450°F. Line a baking sheet with foil and coat with cooking spray.

Step 2

Drain pineapple juice into a small bowl. Whisk in vinegar, ketchup, soy sauce, brown sugar, cornstarch and crushed dried pepper flakes. Set aside.

Step 3

Finely chop enough pineapple to yield 1/2 cup. Press out excess moisture with paper towels. Reserve the remain pineapple chunks for the sauce. Lightly beat egg in a large bowl. Stir in carrot, scallion whites, ginger, five-spice powder, salt and the finely chopped pineapple. Add turkey and pork; gently mix to combine (do not overmix). Using a scant 1 tablespoon each, make 36 small meatballs. Bake on the prepared baking sheet unit just cooked through, about 15 minutes.

Step 4

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add bell pepper and cook for 1 minute. Whisk the reserved juice mixture and add to the pan. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Stir in the remaining pineapple and the cooked meatballs.

Step 5

To serve, thread a meatball and a piece of pineapple and a pepper onto a small skewer or toothpick. Transfer to a platter, drizzle with sauce and sprinkle with scallion greens.

Tips & Variations

  • 36 short skewers or toothpicks



We enjoyed these meatballs over rice -- delicious and I liked the changes that these meatballs used, especially adding the pineapple to the meat mixture and using both turkey and pork -- these are wonderful and we will definitely be having them again soon. Thanks for sharing!

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(12 Dec 2019)